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Egypt’s president heads to Qatar on first visit as rift healed

In this photo made available by Qatar News Agency, QNA, Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, meets with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, at the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, June 25, 2022. (QNA via AP)
In this photo made available by Qatar News Agency, QNA, Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, meets with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, at the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, June 25, 2022. (QNA via AP)

Egypt’s president travels to Qatar on his first visit to the gas-rich nation amid warming ties after years of frayed relations following the Egyptian military’s overthrow of an Islamist president backed by Doha.

The two-day trip comes amid a rapid rapprochement between Egypt and Qatar after the end in 2021 of a yearslong boycott of Doha by four Arab states, including Egypt. Qatar’s state-run news agency says Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi was to hold talks with Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

In June, Sheikh Tamim visited Cairo, where he was welcomed at the airport by Sissi, in a sign of warming ties.

The two countries’ relations deteriorated in 2013, when Sissi, as defense minister, led the military’s overthrow of Egypt’s Islamist President Mohamed Morsi following a short-lived and divisive rule. Morsi, who hailed from the Muslim Brotherhood, was backed by Qatar.

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